Mehbooba breaks her silence on NIT Srinagar; calls it a non-issue

Jammu, April 8: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday dismissed the trouble between local and outside students in a Kashmir college as a “non-issue”, being highlighted by certain people as a “communal incident”.

In an interview with ETV News Network here, Mehbooba, who heads the PDP-BJP ruling combine, said she had expressed the same view to central Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani after violent protests erupted at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar following India’s loss to the West Indies in a T20 cricket match last week.

Non-local students in the college had objected to and carried out demonstrations against celebrations over the victory of the Caribbeans that saw India out of the T20 world championship.

Mehbooba said that she informed Irani that a handful of non-resident students at the college were “keen to migrate” to other colleges outside the state.

She said she wanted to create a historic monument on the Line of Control (LoC) – a de facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan – to attract tourists.

She said that she would take up the issue at the appropriate level of opening a Jammu-Sialkot route to promote local trade between Pakistan and the border areas of Kashmir.

That, she said, would improve the ties between the two neighbours.

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